Here are four of our favorite new designs. What do they have in common? Besides attractive exteriors (look for stone accents), they all display smart uses of square footage with open layouts and little wasted space. Other features that buyers will love include master suites located on the main level, island kitchens with snack bars, and rooms that can flex for different uses.

Modest Size, Maximum Value

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This plan offers fantastic value: modestly sized at just 1,838 square feet and 45 feet wide, it boasts surprisingly generous bedrooms, an open kitchen (complete with a snack bar), and an impressive master suite with a large shower and separate tub. Other thoughtful details include a powder bath that faces away from main living spaces, and attractive stone on the front exterior. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Pretty Face

A charming façade of brick, siding, and shake uses color and texture to showcase lovely curb appeal on this 1,718-square-foot home. The open floor plan places the great room, island kitchen, and eating nook together on the left side of the plan. Bedrooms are located to the right; the master suite sits near enough to secondary bedrooms to put new parents’ minds at ease, yet it’s buffered by a large walk-in closet. Optional double doors turn the third bedroom into a study. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Family Focused

Covered in beautiful stone, this three-bedroom home makes an impression inside and out. The family-friendly layout revolves around the open kitchen and family room, where plenty of counter space makes it easy to serve meals here and to the breakfast nook. And don’t miss the e-space here, a perfect spot for checking e-mail. Buyers will appreciate the convenience of the first-floor master suite. Two extra bedrooms for kids or visitors wait on the second level, along with a large and versatile bonus space. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Perfect Private Spaces

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This plan graciously offers room for an in-law or boomerang kid in the casita, which is accessed by a private entrance. A media room, open great room, island kitchen, and luxurious master suite create a totally contemporary layout in the main part of the house. The outdoor fireplace is a fun amenity. See more images (including interior photos), information, and the floor plan.